Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan

In cooperation with our Government Working Group and the public, the Carson NF has developed aVersion 2 of the  Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan (PDPP) that includes plan components that apply to the entire forest (Forest-wide), designated areas, and management areas. Plan Components include desired conditions, objectives, standards, and guidelines. 

Also being released with the PDPP are detailed descriptions of the Alternatives  and a comparison table of the Alternatives  that will be taken into analysis, including the no action alternative (current 1986 plan) and the proposed plan. Alternatives provide different ways the Carson NF could be managed to increase specific outcomes valued by the public other than what is described in the PDPP.

PDPP-V2 does not yet include certain maps, timber suitability, and a monitoring plan. Hyperlinks to other sections of the plan may not be connected yet. PDPP-V2 does reflect most of what will be in the proposed draft plan that will be taken through an effects analysis, along with alternatives, in the draft environmental impact statement (draft EIS). The public has provided extensive input already through assessment meetings, needs for change meetings, wilderness and eligible wild and scenic river evaluation meetings, place-based workshops, and through comments we have received from the Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register and the first version of the PDPP posted in July 2017. This input has been considered in refining the PDPP, in developing alternatives, or determined to be outside the scope of revising the forest’s plan.

How to comment:

  • Comment in person at any Carson NF office
  • Send comments to:
    Carson National Forest
    208 Cruz Alta
    Taos, NM 87571
    (575) 758-6221

Preliminary Draft Proposed Plan

Preliminary Draft Alternatives

Think of the Forest Plan as a road through the Forest...

Desired Conditions describe your destination. These are the big-picture goals. You may not get there overnight, but you know where you want to go.

Objectives describe the road you are driving on. These are time specific, mearurable, and are actions you take to get to your desination.

Standards and Guidelines describe the guardrails that keep you on the road. These are the rules that you must follow.

Management Approaches describe the toolbox you have to make sure you get to your destination. They are optional to use, but can help along the way.